L’CHAIM!

TO JEWISH LIFE IN AMERICA! CELEBRATING FROM 1654 TO TODAY

Images from The Jewish Museum beautifully illustrate this history of Jews in America. The story began in 1654 when 23 Jews arrived as settlers in New Amsterdam. Rubin follows American Jewry through both well-known and lesser-known historical scenes. Waves of Jews emigrated from Eastern Europe, and many started as peddlers to become famous Jewish entrepreneurs such as the jeans-manufacturer Levi Strauss, Julius Rosenwald of Sears Roebuck and Hollywood’s Samuel Goldwyn and Louis B. Mayer. But Jews also had less-celebrated (but equally fascinating) roles in the history of America. Haym Salomon fought for the revolution with the Sons of Liberty, Josie Sarah Marcus lived as Wyatt Earp’s common-law wife and Joseph Lieberman ran for vice-president of the United States. Despite uninspiring writing and book design, the comprehensive illustrations and intriguingly obscure content make this a valuable addition to a collection of American Judaica. (glossary, notes, references, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2004

ISBN: 0-8109-5035-9

Page Count: 176

Publisher: Abrams

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2004

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JAM!

THE STORY OF JAZZ MUSIC

A busy page design—artily superimposed text and photos, tinted portraits, and break-out boxes—and occasionally infelicitous writing (“Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie became . . . bandleader of the quintet at the Onyx Club, from which bebop got its name”) give this quick history of jazz a slapdash air, but Lee delves relatively deeply into the music’s direct and indirect African roots, then goes beyond the usual tedious tally of names to present a coherent picture of specific influences and innovations associated with the biggest names in jazz. A highly selective discography will give readers who want to become listeners a jump start; those seeking more background will want to follow this up with James Lincoln Collier’s Jazz (1997). (glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-8239-1852-1

Page Count: 64

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1999

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AMERICANS WHO TELL THE TRUTH

In tribute to this country’s proud tradition of protest, fine artist Shetterly has chosen 50 Americans who have stood up for what he calls “the promise of America,” presenting them in a series of accurately painted head-and-shoulder portraits with their names and a pithy quote scratched in. His selections, equally divided between men and women, range from such usual suspects as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to the less-familiar likes of child peace activist Samantha Smith, political columnist Molly Ivins, authors Frances Moore Lappé (Diet for a Small Planet) and Jonathan Kozol, plus controversial figures such as Emma Goldman and Dwight Eisenhower. The telling quotes are reprinted in the margins to make them more legible. Opening with an eloquent general statement of purpose, and closing with biographical comments on each entry, this gallery of writers, politicians, rabble-rousers, troublemakers, scientists, celebrities and activists will have a stirring cumulative effect, even on children unacquainted with many of their causes or accomplishments. (Nonfiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: June 1, 2005

ISBN: 0-525-47429-3

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2005

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